Name: Professor Maryanne Confoy

Bio: Professor of Practical Theology, Jesuit Theological College, and author Morris West Literary Maverick [John Wiley]

Remembering Morris West – 24th May 2005

Remembering Morris West

This speech was printed in Sydney Papers Vol.17 No.3-4 in 2005 (pages 7-23)

Morris West died at the age of 84 in 1999. His heyday as a writer was in the 1960s and 1970s. His novel, The Shoes of the Fisherman, published the day Pope John XXIII died in 1963, was an unforseen publicity coup. Through the 1980s and 1990s, however, West’s fiction became increasingly issues-driven and polemical. Maryanne Confoy, Professor of Practical Theology, Jesuit Theological College, and author, Morris West Literary Maverick (John Wiley) believes there is much to the life of such a profuse author who remianed something of a mystery, not least of all to himself. Maryanne Confoy addressed The Sydney Institute on Wednesday 25 May 2005.